Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

Joe McPhee
Cover of Joe McPhee

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

Mahmoud Ahmed
Trio X
Barker, Waters, Carter trio
Soldier / Kane
SAT, JULY 26 – 3:00-8:00PM
A verified legend of African pop music, Mahmoud Ahmed led the wave of Ethiopian music’s ‘golden age’ of the 60s-70s with a notoriously energetic combination of traditional Amharic music with soul, jazz & funk. His stunning multi-octave voice has made him an international star for 40 years, despite relative obscurity in the US. The afternoon sees performances by American free jazz giants in two trios: Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen as Trio X, and the Andrew Barker, Charles Waters, Daniel Carter trio. As Soldier / Kane, drummer Jonathan Kane and multi-instrumentalist David Soldier perform uprooted Americana.

Wreck and Reference
White Suns
Kyle Eyre Clyd
SAT, AUGUST 23 – 3:00-8:00PM
Crossing metal, noise and experimental electronics, Liturgy headline— in their first reunited show as a quartet since 2011— alongside Californian post-metal duo Wreck and Reference, extreme-noise group White Suns, and noise/electronic artist Kyle Eyre Clyd, alias Penny Royale. Anticipating a forthcoming full-length in 2015, self-christened “Transcendental Black Metal” band Liturgy make a long-awaited return to the stage with Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Bernard Gann, Tyler Dusenbury, and drummer Greg Fox .

Open Ears Music Music Show Downloads

Sun Ra
Cover of Sun Ra

From New OrleansOpen Ears Music Series:

Jimbo Walsh Quintet – 24 June 2014
Jimbo Walsh – piano & guitar, Jesse Morrow – bass, Dave Cappello – drums, Travis Blotsky – saxophone, Janna Saslaw – flute

Rex Gregory Trio – 10 June 2014
Rex Gregory – saxophones, Jesse Morrow – bass, Marcello Benetti – drums

Tarik Hassan Quartet – 3 June 2014
Tarik Hassan – bass, Chris Alford – guitar, Paul Thibodeaux – drums, Rex Gregory – saxophones

Helen Gillet & James Singleton
Helen Gillet – cello & James Singleton – bass

Open Ears Big(ish) Band – Celebration of Sun Ra
Jeff Albert – trombone & conductor; Jimbo Walsh – piano; James Singleton – bass; Doug Garrison – drums; Antonio Gambrell & John Culbreth – trumpets; Rick Trolsen – trombone; Ray Moore, Rex Gregory, Brad Walker, & Dan Oestreicher – saxes; Janna Saslaw – flute.

Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

TRIO VOPÁ / Chartreuse (NurNichtNur)
SIGNAL PROBLEMS / Signal Problems (pfMENTUM)
CREATIVE MUSIC STUDIO / Archive Selections Vol. 1 (Innova)
THE AWAKENING ORCHESTRA / Volume 1: This Is Not The Answer (Innova)
GLUE / Chats with the Real McCoy (Creative Sources)
RICHARD GLOVER / Logical Harmonies (Another Timbre)
NICO HUIJBREGTS / Hoe alles oplost (Vindu Music)
HAMID DRAKE & JESSE STEWART / Timelines (Art Stew)

Grex on East Coast Tour


Grex is an Oakland, California-based trio composed of Karl Evangelista (guitar/vocals), Rei Scampavia (keys/vocals), and Robert Lopez (drums). Grex was formed as a way to explore the meeting point between popular song and experimental jazz. Monster Music is Grexʼs debut trio album, capturing the bandʼs current, aggressive blend of free jazz and art rock. Featuring sparse vocal melodies, driving odd-metered ensemble passages, and blistering free improvisation (tackling pieces by Don Cherry and Albert Ayler), Monster Music is simultaneously an innovative jazz album and a strong representation of the Bay Area independent rock scene.


July 13, Philadelphia, PA, 8pm at First Banana (Fire Museum Presents, w/Hallowed Bells, Lion’s Head)
July 14, Arlington, VA, 9pm at Galaxy Hut (w/Jeff and Anthony)
July 16, Washington, DC, 9pm, at The Velvet Lounge (w/Ted Zook’s Lost Civilizations, Insect Factory)
July 19, Brooklyn, NY, 8pm, at Pete’s Candy Store (w/Good Times Cocaine, Golden Alphabet, etc.)
July 20, Cambridge, MA, 8pm, at Outpost 186 (w/Sawyer/Neuberg/Parcell Trio, Morgan Evans-Weiler)
July 21, New York, NY, 7:30pm, at The Delancey (w/Michael Coleman’s Young Nudist, Gene Baker)
July 23, Brooklyn, NY, 8pm, at The Silent Barn (w/Timosaurus, James McMahon, Diamond Terrifier)
July 25, New York, NY, 7:30pm, at Spectrum (w/Nathan Hook/Mobiustrip)

Perhaps Contraption on Tour

From the UK’s Perhaps Contraption:

16th July: Southbank Centre Roof Garden London w/ Pate de Fua
19th July: Lovebox, London (MEGA parade with Roundhouse Brass Ensemble)
19th July: Evening- Electro Swing Club, London
21st July: Belgium National Celebrations, Brussels
24th – 27th July: Secret Garden Party (various venues)
8th – 10th August: Buskers Bern, Switzerland
16th August: Just So Festival, Cheshire